Obituaries -- April 16, 2002

2002-04-16T00:00:00Z Obituaries -- April 16, 2002 Journal Times
April 16, 2002 12:00 am


Christ Klaus, Jr.

DELAVAN - Christ Klaus, Jr., 87, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Willowfield Nursing Home. He was born on June 4, 1914, in Michigan, the son of Christian Sr. and Marie Klaus. He married Ann Vander Lest on June 25, 1938, in Racine. He was employed for Racine Steel Casting for 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of Christian Reformed Church in Delavan. He enjoyed gardening flowers and vegetables, and hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Ann of Delavan; one daughter, Marge (John) Jongetjes of Delavan; grandchildren, Brian (Nancy) of Delavan, Ron of Delavan, and Jerry of Rhinelander; great-grandchildren, Dan, Elizabeth and Sarah; two sisters, Eva Kober of Racine, and Emma Rodgers of California; one brother, Fred Klaus of Racine; also nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one grandson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at Christian Reformed Church, Delavan, with Rev. Dan Roeda officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delavan. MONROE FUNERAL HOME 604 East Walworth Avenue Delavan 414-728-3353


Bernice V. Zimmerman

ELKHORN/BURLINGTON - Mrs. Bernice V. Zimmerman, 76, of Sunrise Trail Burlington, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn. She was born in Jefferson on March 9, 1926, the daughter of Otto W. and Ethel Mae (Bickle) Grosskreutz. Bernice married Earl W. Zimmerman on January 18, 1946. Bernice was employed for over 20 years with Oak Manufacturing Company of Elkhorn, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Elkhorn. Bernice is survived by her husband of 56 years, Earl; two children, Allen (Wendy) Zimmerman of Elkhorn and Charlene (Don) Zubrod of Burlington; seven grandchildren; Lee (Genette) Zubrod of Elkhorn, Greg (Kerrie) Zubrod of Elkhorn, Cindy (Joe) Fryda of Milwaukee, Kellie Zimmerman of Delavan, Colleen (Bill) Walsh of Elkhorn, Laura Zimmerman of Elkhorn, and Matthew Zimmerman of Elkhorn; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Mitchell and Breeana Zubrod; five sisters, Phyllis Adsit of Palmyra, Janette (Howard) Falk of Sullivan, Donna French of Roberts, Hazel Koneski of Sarasota, Fla. and Jenny Hoffman of Redding, Calif. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at First United Methodist Church of Elkhorn with Rev. Joel Deaner-Rogers officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memory Gardens in the Town of Delavan. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services. HAASE-DERRICK-LOCKWOOD FUNERAL HOME 730 North Wisconsin Street Elkhorn 262-723-6390


Ellen Louise Keown

FINDLAY, ILL - Ellen Louise Keown, 84, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, in Sullivan Health Care Center. Louise was born March 10, 1918, in Beecher City, Ill., the daughter of Vern and Martha (nee:Allen) Dinwiddie. She married Charles C. Keown on August 25, 1934, in Bethany, Ill. She had been a Sales Clerk for Hamilton's Clothing Store in Sullivan, Ill., and an Aide at the Illinois Masonic Home, Sullivan. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Racine, Crystal Chapter #39 Order of the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron in 1958, and a member of the White Shrine. Surviving are her husband, Charles C. of Findlay, Ill.; sons, Charles A. Keown of Hillsboro, Mo., Cecil L. Keown of Elkhorn; daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Sherry) Presser of Sturtevant; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Delta Kay Levy; and great-granddaughter, Kelly Faye Blue. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002, in Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, Ill., with Pastor Tom Compton officiating. Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany, Ill. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice. REED FUNERAL HOME 1112 South Hamilton St. Sullivan, Ill. 61951 (217)728-2355


Jennie E. Podkamensky

FORT MEYERS, FLA. - Mrs. Podkamensky, 86, formerly of Racine, passed away at Shady Rest Home in Fort Meyers, Fla. on Friday, April 12, 2002. She was born in Racine on November 24, 1915. In Racine, on July 27, 1935, she was united in marriage to Steve Podkamensky. She lived all of her life in Racine until 1977, when she and Steve retired and moved to Ft. Meyers. She was a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, loved to play golf, bowled, played cards, but most of all enjoyed her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Steve Podkamensky of Florida; six children, Donald (Mary Lee) Podkamensky of Racine, Carol (Jerry) Radtke of Franksville, Evelyn (Charles) Gill of Racine, Steve Podkamensky of Texas, Jennifer (Joseph) Kover of Illinois, Barbara (Richard) Colson of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara (Walter) Prawicki of California; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Joseph and Alex Extarowich; two grandsons, Johnny Johnson and Michael Bruce. Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Avenue, on Saturday, April 20, 2002, at 12 noon, with Fr. John J. Schmitz officiating. Friends may meet at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials in memory of Mrs. Podkamensky to Shady Rest Nursing Home, Ft. Meyers, Fla. have been suggested. WILSON FUNERAL HOME 1212 Lathrop Avenue 634-3361


JANE R. PAAP

RACINE/KANSASVILLE - Jane Rose Paap (nee: Zehren), 44, passed away unexpectedly at the University Hospital in Madison on Saturday, April 13, 2002. Jane was born in Oshkosh, WI on November 2, 1957 to David and Donna (nee: DuQuette) Zehren. She lived most of her life in Racine, graduating from Washington Park High School in 1975. After graduation, she went on to complete a degree in cosmetology. On July 22, 1978 at St. Edward Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to David Bruce Paap, Jr. A faithful member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, Jane was the leader of the wonderful 9:00 am Mass "Guitar Choir" which was founded in 1988. Jane was a very talented, organized, artistic, creative, a perfectionist and an extremely giving individual. She loved sewing, especially for the "Hugs For Kids" program, which aids children during tragedy through local police and fire departments. Also, she recently made dozens of hats for the local oncology department to be distributed to those fighting cancer. Jane enjoyed music, bowling, gardening, archery, decorating award winning floats for the Fourth of July Parade, and decorating Christmas Trees for the "Racine Festival of Trees", just to name a few. Above all, she cherished being in the surroundings of her entire family and friends. Jane touched the hearts of so many people and will be deeply missed! Surviving are her loving husband and best-friend of over 29 years, David; their children, Kevin and Laura Paap, all of Kansasville; Dad and Mom, David and Donna Zehren of Racine; brothers, Peter Zehren of Milwaukee and John (Amy "Lexi") Zehren of Chicago; sisters, Beth (Bill Trojanowicz) Zehren of Hubertus, WI and Jennifer Zehren of Brooklyn Park, MN; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Colleen Paap,Sr. of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Debbie (Dan) Tuttle, Jackie (David) Tuttle, Mary (Jeff) Hoffmann, Tom Paap, all of Racine; John Paap of Fond Du Lac; Chris (Kadee) Paap of Sturtevant; and Kathy (Jeff) Vogt of Burlington; her dog, Dakota and cat, Hazel. Further surviving are very special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. Jane's Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 10:30 am in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Avenue, with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in St. Lucy Catholic Church on Tuesday (tonight) from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and again on Wednesday in the church from 9:15 am - 10:15 am. In memory of Jane, memorials may be made to her family for an education fund which will be established for her children, Kevin and Laura. A very special thank-you to everyone who offered many prayers and for the compassionate support that was so warmly extended to Jane's family during the past few months. Your kindness will always be remembered. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 1910 Taylor Avenue 637-6514


Eddie Lee Lacy, Sr.

RACINE - Eddie Lee Lacy, Sr. was born May 27, 1936, in Alligator, Miss. to Mary (nee: Wright) Tillman and James Lacy. He confessed his hope in Christ at an early age. On October 19, 1957, Eddie was united in marriage to the former Mary Tate. Later in 1966, they relocated to Racine. Eddie was employed by Cast Iron, Incorporated, as a Molder, retiring in July of 1999. He was a member of the United Faith Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of the Male Choir. On April 12, 2002, our beloved Eddie was called to a better world. He leaves to cherish his sweet loving wife, Mary Lacy; daughters, Bobbie, Bernice, Glenda (Edward) Eloian of Racine, Loretta of Madison; sons, James Lacy of New York, N.Y., and Eddie Lacy of Racine; 17 grandchildren, Jamill, Sheena Smith, Varniel, Cimmion, Jhonta, Gheonna, Adam, Josh, Carrie Chew, Willie and Talina Caldwell, Ebony Smith, Mary and Jacob Eloian, two step-grandchildren, Dominica and Martinique Eloian; adopted son, Terellis Stinnette all of Racine, James Jr., and Kia of Iowa, Britnee Lacy of California; four great-grandchildren, Ariana Freeman, Tyler Barron, Shanna and Jamill Jr. all of Racine; sisters, Floncie Brown, Ethel Coffey, Betty (Sammie) Brickenridge, Lee Ethel (R.T.), Clay and Shirley Windham all of Racine, Katie Perry of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Roberta Dunn of St. Louis, Mo.; nine sister-in-laws; eight brother-in-laws, three aunts, Alberta Ballard of Clarksdale, Miss., Cara McClendon of Chicago, Ill., and Merline Wright of New York, N.Y.; one uncle, Cliff Wright of Duncan, Miss.; special friends, James 'Pete' Tillman, Robert Hawkins, Ulysess Wooden and Jimmie and Garfield McGee; and a host of nieces, nephews and other fond relatives and friends. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Wright-Tillman and James Lacy; step-father, Alexander Tillman; sister, Ruth Brown; and brother-in-law, Robert Windham. Funeral services will be held at the United Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 1327 Blake Avenue, on Friday, April 19, 2002, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Taurus Pinson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES Clyde O. Austin and Associates Funeral Directors Racine 633-1200 "A Commitment To Caring"


Aagot O. Scott-Madsen

RACINE - Aagot O. Scott-Madsen, 104, passed away Tuesday, April, 9, 2002 at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Aagot was born in Oslo, Norway, January 16, 1898, and came to America at age fifteen. After a few years she met her husband, Leo M. Scott, who preceded her in death after 42 years of marriage. Aagot then married Sven Madsen, who also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Sons of Norway, Danish Ladies, Florence Nightingale Club, Y.W.C.A., and the Womens Club of Racine. Survivors include her nieces, nephews, and dear friends, Robert Fisher and Shirley Berntzen. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 17, 2002, 11 a.m., with Rev. Jerry L. Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow at Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 Main Street 634-7888


Cecelia Alice Scheit

RACINE - Cecelia Alice (nee: Zjala) Scheit, 91, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Lakeshore Manor. Cecelia was born in Milwaukee on October 12, 1910. She lived in Eau Claire / Osseo area for 30 years before moving to Racine. Cecelia married Eric Scheit on November 20, 1937 in Eau Claire. He preceded her in death. She was employed at Southern Wisconsin Center retiring in 1976. After retiring, she enjoyed working with senior citizens. She was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, the Senior Citizen Group, loved life and enjoyed her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, dancing, and playing cards. Survivors include her children, Bruce (Patricia) Scheit of Fairchild, Susan (Wayne) Coey of Osseo, Thomas (Linda) Scheit of Racine, Robert Scheit of Osseo, John Scheit of Fairchild; daughter-in-laws, Sandra Scheit and Shelby Scheit, both of Racine, and Sue Scheit of Arizona; 16 grandchildren, Terry (Steve) Scheit, Cindy (Shane) Rindahl, Tammy Nabors, Annette (Dean) Leggett, Steven (Andrea) Scheit, Shannon (Iris) Coey, Rodney (Shelly) Coey, Penny (Dale) Funk, Rayne (Wayne) Thieme, Rocky Scheit, Angela Scheit, Eric Scheit, Nicky (Mike) Haubrich, Tracy (Eric) Fox, Tina Palacios and Jason Scheit; 24 great-grandchildren; and many special nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, David Scheit; great-grandson, Allan Coey; brother, Eugene Zjala; and sister, Florence Rickaby. Funeral services for Cecelia will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at 10 a.m. Interment will take place in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 4 until 7:30 p.m. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Lakeshore Manor and Bradley Welsh, M.D. for all of their care and compassion. PURATH-STRAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY 3915 Douglas Avenue 639-8000 www.Purath-Strand.com


Leonard J. 'Jack' Robinson

RACINE - Leonard J. "Jack" Robinson, 55, passed away at St. Mary's Medical Center on Sunday, April 14, 2002 after a short and unexpected illness. He was born on December 1, 1946, the son of the late Leonard and Catherine (nee: Hansen) Robinson, Sr. On June 27, 1981, in Atonement Lutheran Church, he was united in holy matrimony to the former Margaret Freitag. Jack was a lifetime resident of Racine where he was a machinist by trade. He was currently employed by Multi-Products Company, and also had spent many years with A&E Incorporated, and working with his father at Robinson Machine. He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church; Masonic Belle City Lodge #92; Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, Valley of Milwaukee; and the Tripoli Shrine of Milwaukee. Jack was an avid NASCAR and Indy racing fan who had never missed attending the Indianapolis 500. In addition to his wife, Margaret, he is survived by his children, Kristine (Tom) Wieczorek, Leonard "Jay" (Lorrie) Robinson, Jennifer (Craig) Kiesler, Michael (Tammy) Foldy, all of Racine, Jerome (Sue) Foldy of Stoughton, and Kristen (Kevin Cantrell) Foldy of New Berlin; grandchildren, Nicholas, Hailey, Jacob, Brent, Jennifer, Erica, and Ryan; Brother James (Betty) Robinson; other relatives, friends, and special companion, Moxie. Memorial services for Mr. Robinson will be held in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 with Rev. Dr. Warren D. Williams officiating. Inurnment in Graceland Cemetery will follow. All are invited to visit with the family in the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 -7 p.m., and Wednesday from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Memorials in Jack's name have been suggested to Multiple Sclerosis Society. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 1910 Taylor Avenue 637-6514


Ruth Alice Steffensen

BUFFALO CENTER, IOWA - Ruth Alice Steffensen, 75, passed away at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. Ruth Alice Steffensen, daughter of Burton and Etta (nee: Uken) Edwards, was born on September 10, 1926, on the family farm southwest of Buffalo Center, Iowa. She was baptized in the Congregational Church in Buffalo Center, Iowa. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School with the class of 1944. She then attended teacher training at Estherville, Iowa, and taught at two country schools for two years, before being married to the former husband, Cecil Steffensen. During her early years, Ruth was actively involved in 4H, showing her Hereford calves at the Kossuth County Fair, Algona, Iowa. In later years, she kept busy raising a family of seven children, gardening and harvesting, reading, sewing, attending the local high school concerts and plays, and being very involved in the Congregational Church. Ruth is survived by six children, Denny and his wife, Beverly of Forest City, Iowa, Wayne of Colorado Springs, Colo., Neil and his wife, Roxanne of Buffalo Center, Iowa, Darwin and his wife, Linda of Racine, Gail Steffensen of Fairmont, Minn., and Janet Lyman and her husband, John of North St. Paul, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Judy Steffensen of Spokane, Wash.; two sisters, May Vaagen of Rake, Iowa; Ida Lovin and her husband, Hugh of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Allen Edwards and his wife, Carol of Mason City, Iowa; and by a sister-in-law, Ruth Edwards of Buffalo Center, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Harlan; two brothers, Merle and Robert Edwards; and a brother-in-law, Otis Vaagen. Memorials may be directed to the 1st Congregational Church of Buffalo Center, Iowa or to the North Iowa High School scholarship fund. WINTER FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION 414 - 1st Northwest Buffalo Center, Iowa 641-562-2858

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